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Debian Weekly News - January 12th, 2000

Debian Weekly News 
Debian Weekly News - January 12th, 2000
Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian developer

The freeze is just a few days off, and things appear to be going according
to plan so far. Tradition says we are due for a drive crash in one of our
servers, but that hasn't happened yet. And in a welcome change of pace, a
new version of X was released just in time to be [8]slid into unstable
before the freeze, rather than just too late. Lots of freeze related
activity is going on, from a Grand Bug Bash Festival this weekend that
caused another dip in the [9]release critical bug graph, to a slew of new
upstream versions of packages being uploaded just in time for the freeze.
Work continues on the boot floppies. Traffic on the mailing lists has been
as heavy as usual, but without many long threads for DWN to report on. The
overall impression is one of lots of people hard at work.

One final minor release of Debian 2.1 [10]may happen, to take care of the
remaining y2k problems, and a few more security holes. Speaking of security
holes, three new security fixes are out, one for [11]nvi that fixes a hole
that allowed removal of files in the root directory, another for a remote
exploit of [12]lpr, and another for [13]mysql that allowed the test user to
change root's password. The new X mentioned above also fixes a security hole
in imake.

A positive and very clueful review of Debian [14]appeared in LinuxPlanet.
"Debian's sophisticated package management greatly simplifies software
installations and upgrades and contributes greatly to stability and
reliability of the system. Of course, it's not entirely foolproof".

New packages in Debian this week include the following and [15]121
  * [16]base-config: Debian base configuration package
  * [17]bzflag: a 3D first person tank battle game
  * [18]debian-history: A Short History of the Debian Project
  * [19]ecdl2k-108-client: Gpl Cpuburner.
  * [20]gnome-pm: GNOME stock portfolio manager
  * [21]lvm: The Logical Volume Manager for Linux
  * [22]multimix: automatic classification or clustering
Most of these packages were uploaded before January 5th and not
processed until now. There is still a moratorium on uploads of
entirely new packages.

Thanks to Randolph Chung for [23]contributing.

8. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#1
9. http://master.debian.org/~wakkerma/bugs/
10. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-release-0001/msg00041.html
11. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-security-announce-00/msg00000.html
12. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-security-announce-00/msg00001.html
13. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#2
14. http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/1370/1/
15. http://master.debian.org/~tausq/newpkgs-20000110.html
16. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/admin/base-config.html
17. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/games/bzflag.html
18. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/doc/debian-history.html
19. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/misc/ecdl2k-108-client.html
20. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/misc/gnome-pm.html
21. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/admin/lvm.html
22. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/math/multimix.html
23. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing

see shy jo

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